Characteristics of an Effective Team Leader Essay

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Characteristics of an Effective Team Leader, Team Conflicts, and Issue Resolution

MBA 501 (Wk4 Assignment)

by

Learning Team A

Bamidele. Jaiyeola

Elizabeth Barcelona

Nazneen Rajan

July 31, 2010

Abstract:

It is a commonplace for organizations today to work in teams. Productivity and creativity results will be greater in a team environment. Whenever you bring together people from different backgrounds, experiences and skill sets, it is inevitable that conflict will occur. Conflict arises from the differences, and when individuals come together in teams, their differences in terms of power, values, and attitudes contributes to creation of conflict. Without conflict, teams will not be challenged and will
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Leaders perform a diagnostic function by monitoring team performance (and comparing it to accepted standards) and a remedial function by taking action to improve group performance. Leaders also perform a forecasting function by watching environmental conditions (and their potential effects on team performance) and a preventive function by attempting to avert the negative effects of a volatile environment.
Zenger, Musselwhite, Hurson, and Perrin (1994) also took a functional approach to team leadership and used questionnaires, interviews, and focus groups to outline the practices and skills of successful team leaders.
The team leader is typically a member of the team who provides guidance and support and has ultimate responsibility for the outcomes of the team. As such, the success of a team leader is often measured in terms of both the cohesiveness of the team as well as producing some tangible outcome. Interestingly, little systematic research has been conducted on the success factors underlying effective team leadership.In a separate article, “How to Be an Effective Team Leader” (Technology, 2004), it says that there are five characteristics of effective team leader (a) Coach, Don’t Demonstrate – demonstrating the task rather than to provide supportive direction, (b) Provide constructive criticism by communicating the good and the bad actions and providing clear suggestion to improve the

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